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  • Shawn shared from The Message Numbered Edition Hardback by Eugene H. Peterson
    “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.
  • Shawn shared from Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene H. Peterson
    And then I noticed that the most striking biblical metaphor for reading was St. John eating a book: I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, "Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth." And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. (Rev. 1o:9-io)
  • Shawn shared from Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene H. Peterson
    The first metaphors for writing and reading that caught my fancy were from Kafka: "If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? ... A book must be like an ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us."8
  • Shawn shared from Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene H. Peterson
    Hagah is a word that our Hebrew ancestors used frequently for reading the kind of writing that deals with our souls. But "meditate" is far too tame a word for what is being signified. "Meditate" seems more suited to what I do in a quiet chapel on my knees with a candle burning on the altar. Or to what my wife does while sitting in a rose garden with the Bible open in her lap. But when Isaiah's lion and my dog meditated they chewed and swallowed, using teeth and tongue, stomach and intestines: Isaiah's lion meditating his goat (if that's what it was); my dog meditating his bone. There is a certain...
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  • Shawn shared from Sex God by Rob Bell
    Whatever it is that has its hooks in you, you will never be free from it until you find something you want more. It’s not about getting rid of desire. It’s about giving ourselves to bigger and better and more powerful desires.
(Stamford, CT)
Shawn Garan
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